Decoy Napa Valley Red Wine Harvest Notes The season began

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					                                          2004 Decoy
                                      Napa Valley Red Wine

                                      2004 Harvest Notes
The 2004 season began with an early bud break and flowering that led naturally to an early harvest.
We began picking grapes the second week of August, but then experienced a cooling trend that
allowed additional hang time for many of the later red varieties. This slow and steady period of
ripening ended just after Labor Day, when we welcomed a heat wave that accelerated harvest to an
early finish.

                                Comments from the Winemaker
This approachable wine is layered with bright acidity and forward fruit balanced by well-integrated
tannins. The aroma is distinct with raspberry, plum, black pepper, tobacco and black olive. The
flavors are abundant with blackberry, bittersweet chocolate, cedar, toasty oak, and a caramel finish.

                                        Varietal Content
                              49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot,
                              15% Petit Verdot, 14% Cabernet Franc

                                      Harvest Information
                                    Appellation: Napa Valley
                          Harvest Dates: September 9 — October 5, 2004
                               Average Sugar at Harvest: 26.5° Brix
                                     18 Vineyards Harvested

                       100% French Oak Château-Style Barrels (60 Gallons)
                                   Barrel Aging: 18 Months
                          Age of Barrels: 5% new, 95% second vintage

                                  Production/Technical Data
                                         Alcohol: 14.5%
                                  0.59 g/100 ml titratable acidity
                                  8-10 days fermentation at 80°F
                                             pH: 3.66

                                        Bottled: June 2006
                                   Release Date: September 2006

                      Duckhorn Vineyards 1000 Lodi Lane Saint Helena, CA 94574
                      Tel.- 888-354-8885 Fax- 707-963-7595
                                  DUCKHORN WINE COMPANY